Music is Core, Especially in Small Schools

Thursday, June 25 | 11:30-12:15pm

  • Fine Arts

Music is a language with its own unique grammar and history. How can a grammar school teacher at a small school teach this language effectively in a few short classes a week? How does a choir director develop a top-notch vocal program with small numbers and varying levels of ability? Come and find out how two music teachers from Texas tackle many of the problems small schools experience.

Wade Butin

Music Teacher
Providence Classical School

Wade Butin, a native Houstonian, received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rice University in Horn Performance. After college, he moved to Hawaii to play horn with the Honolulu Symphony, where he met and married his wife, Laurilyn. Wade, his wife, Laurilyn, and only son, Andrew, returned home in 2009 to play horn with the Houston Symphony. A few years later, he joined the faculty as the HR Director for Providence Classical School.

Maryanne Navickas

Music Teacher
Providence Classical School

Maryanne Navickas-Martin grew up singing in Texas choirs. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southwestern University in vocal performance. She then received a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal performance from University of California, Irvine and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She believes that music should play in a classical Christian curriculum.